Long live Marzocchi MTB shocks

After nine-plus years and thousands of rough miles, my Marzocchi front fork is still alive, to the dismay and bafflement of the bike-shop mechanic.

The mechanic from a certain bike shop: “Man, this thing is an antique.”
Me: “Can you add some air, maybe top it off to 80 psi.”
“You sure they work?”
“Yeah, yeah, just need some air.”
He pushed down on the bike and said, “I don’t think these things work.”

I finally convinced him to put some air in the shocks, and it turns out they work great–although I’d be afraid to put in any more than 80 psi.
The mechanic: “They do work.”
“I’m telling you they’re awesome shocks.”
“Yeah probably any other shock wouldn’t have made it ten years.”
It was a 2001 Bomber front fork shock that shocked the mechanic.

This is an endorsement from a biker who values stuff that works well, takes a beating, and lasts. I thought I broke these shocks at least twice because of the loud clang from a steep jump, but it was just gravity pulling my bike back down to earth. My next shocks on my next bike will be Marzocchi for sure. I just hope they’re as reliable. In September of this year, Tenneco, an American company which makes automobile suspension and exhaust parts, bought the Italian-founded and run Marzocchi.

2 Comments so far

  1. Heidi on November 9th, 2010

    You’re still taking that relic into bike shops, eh? I remember when you busted it up pretty bad in Sarasota. Didn’t you take it to Bikes & Java on Siesta Drive?

    I recently took Joe’s beat-to-shit bike into the shop around the corner from my house. The guy told me, “I can get this thing like brand new for $200.” I told him to do the bare minimum for under $50. Joe is not devoted enough to biking to invest $200 in a repair. I secretly think he crashed his bike on purpose last spring so he’d get out of huffing it through the summer. :)

  2. Roger Real Drouin on November 9th, 2010

    Heids, yeah I can’t believe you remember Bikes & Java! they were disapproving there too of how much I actually “used” my bike. I’ve affectionately started calling her silver mule, but maybe that describes this rider’s reduced speed from his youth more than anything. I love old stuff that keeps on running! I know you can relate…I am thinking of your old Honda that you drove into Sarasota.

    And there is no way I can picture Joe crashing his bike with such a purpose in mind 😉

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